Yes, today Kathleen Sebelius joined the growing group of pols, leaders, pundits and journalists—and maybe some of your friends and associates—who have flunked the integrity and trustworthiness test created by the undeniable evidence that public support for Obamacare was predicated on a calculated lie. Asked in today’s hearing about the fact that so many Americans are now receiving letters cancelling their health care plans that they were “happy with” (including me, by the way) because of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, despite the President’s repeated assurances that…
“If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.”
…Sec. Sebelius replied that insurance companies have always been able to cancel plans, essentially making the deceitful argument that the current calculations were brought about by the exact same law the President promised would NOT lead to such cancellations.
This is despicable. It is also the same dishonest, insulting argument used yesterday by Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services. So this is apparently the talking point agreed upon by the Obama Administration: “Hey, we never said you wouldn’t be cancelled, just that this law wouldn’t cancel you.” But the President’s words actually did promise that nobody would be cancelled, and what he intended to convey was that nobody should fear losing their health care plan as a consequence of passing the ACA.
It would be preferable, and indicate some small degree of integrity, if the Administration flacks would just come clean and adopt the cynical but essentially accurate explanation of Bill Maher, alleged comic, who told CNN”s Piers Morgan, in the course of making excuses for Obama:
“But, yeah, he probably should’ve not been so blatant about saying you have an iron clad guarantee. On the other hand, since he got no Republican votes and no Republican help…annd since three years after it’s a law, they’re still fighting it, can you imagine what it would be like if he said, “Yeah, some people, your rates are going to go up”? I mean the thing passed by this much. If they had said that, they might’ve lost the whole thing.”
That’s right, admit it: Obama lied because he knew that his pet law could only pass if the American public was deceived about it. Then give the American people a chance to agree or disagree with Bill Maher’s version of leadership ethics in a democracy. After all, that is obviously what occurred.
The problem is that once governments accept lying as a primary tool, they can’t stop lying. Now, as Sibelius and others are proving, the Administration is lying about whether it lied. The Obamacare fiasco will have a true silver lining if it exposes how the culture of dishonesty has polluted Washington, D.C.